WHIAAPI works to convene community and business partners around immigration reform, highlight the untold stories of AAPI immigrants and refugees, connect advocates and leaders to federal resources, and advance commonsense immigration reform for the AAPI community.
From family members hoping to reunite with loved ones to high skilled scientists and entrepreneurs to undocumented DREAMers, AAPIs are a rapidly growing immigrant population in the United States. In 2011, 25% of the foreign born population in the United States came from Asian countries. Asian immigrants also make up 11% of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, living and working in the shadows, unable to fully participate in our society.
President Obama’s push for legislation to fix our broken immigration system garnered broad bipartisan support both among the public and in the Senate and addressed all of the core problems our system faces. He spent over a year giving House Republicans room to act on the Senate bill or their own version of legislation to fix the system. Unfortunately, House Republicans refused to give the Senate bill an up-or-down vote.
That’s why the President took action to fix as much of the broken system as he could through his immigration accountability executive actions. These actions will help secure the border, prioritize felons, not families, and hold undocumented immigrants accountable by requiring them to pass a criminal background check and pay their fair share of taxes, and modernizes the legal immigration system. These are common-sense steps, but only Congress can finish the job.
In addition to President Obama’s executive actions, he tasked the federal agencies to do more to integrate immigrants and refugees into American society. For over a year now the Task Force on New Americans has been doing just that. Some of the major accomplishments achieved by the TFNA, include:
- Spearheaded the Building Welcoming Communities Campaign (BWCC) to encourage local efforts with 47 communities signed on to date
- Launched the “Stand Stronger” Citizenship Awareness Campaign to reach the 8.8 million lawful permanent residents (LPRs) eligible to apply for citizenship. Watch the President’s Video Message on the importance of naturalizing.
- Named Presidential Ambassadors for Citizenship and Naturalization to harness the stories of prominent new Americans and U-S.-born individuals with immigrant roots to promote naturalization, bolster integration initiatives, and increase awareness of the rich contributions of new Americans
- Committed 150 Welcoming Communities AmeriCorps members to nearly 100 communities
- Launched the “Made It in America” initiative to promote entrepreneurship and held more than 80 “SBA 101” classes for immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs
- Supported five communities seeking to strengthen integration and local networks through adult education providers
- White House Immigration Reform Overview
- White House Task Force on New Americans
- AAPIs and Naturalization Factsheet
- AAPI’s and Immigration
AAPIs and DACA – Naturalization Resources
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Resources
- Applying for DACA
- DACA Toolkit: Resources for Community Partners
- Tips for Applying
- Renewing Your DACA
- Guidance for Employers
Executive Actions on Immigration Resources
- US Citizenship and Immigration Services Resources
- White House Links and Resources for Agencies
Check out this infographic on the U.S. immigration system.